During COP26, Naomi Clugston, Technical Specialist at SDDirect spoke with Dr Nahid Rezwana, Associate Professor at Dhaka University; Rumana Khan, the GBV Cluster Coordinator for UNFPA; and Murshida Akhter, a Humanitarian Specialist for UNFPA.
Young and adolescent girls understand their needs best – whether they are survivors of violence, child, early & forced marriage or female genital mutilation/cutting; in or out of school; living with a disability; pregnant or young mothers; from a low-income background; from
Navigating the threat of violence and discrimination is part of queer people’s everyday reality – it is there when and where you choose to reach after someone’s hand, in how you answer questions about your personal life, and in how you choose to express your identity in the world.
As the international aid sector continues to make progress towards full realisation of the commitments made during the Safeguarding Summit in 2018, Official Development Assistance (ODA) organisations have made well-intentioned efforts to improve the prevention, mitigation
When I think back to my time at school here in the UK, I struggle to remember a point in which the curriculum or general personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) sessions, ever included discussion about gender identity and sexual orientation.
During a previous international development assignment in a fragile and conflict-affected country (before I joined Social Development Direct), I was evacuated and lost my job because I am a queer woman.
Persons with disabilities make up around 15% of the world’s population and 80% live in low- and middle-income countries. Despite this, persons with disabilities are one of the most socially excluded persons in society, a situation which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During COP26, Naomi Clugston, Technical Specialist at SDDirect spoke with Dr Nahid Rezwana, Associate Professor at Dhaka University; Rumana Khan, the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Cluster Coordinator for United Nations Populati
Being accountable and modelling the change we want to see in others
In the international development sector, it is easy (and harmful) to assume that everyone is on the same page. Yet we all come with our own personal values and experiences that shape our attitud
Civil society organisations are playing an indispensable role in the pandemic response, but the context presents real dangers. Civic space, civic rights, citizen voice and civil society resourcing must all be defended.
People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 not only because it can exacerbate underlying medical conditions, but because of attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers to their partici
Adolescence is a time of great opportunity and significant risk, especially for girls. It is a time of rapid physical and cognitive development where girls want to experience more independence and freedom.